College Goal NY is a collaborative public service project of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). College Goal NY is comprised of numerous FAFSA completion events set in targeted areas throughout New York State which have a history of high financial need and submit a disproportionately small number of online FAFSA applications.
College Goal NY is part of a nationwide volunteer program, College Goal Sunday, with a focus on helping low-income, first-generation families complete the FAFSA, the form necessary to qualify for many student aid programs to pay college expenses.
College Goal Sunday was established in 1989 and has evolved from a one-time event offered in the state of Indiana to a national effort including 40 state programs and the District of Columbia, and over 10,000 volunteers dedicated to assisting students and families in accessing financial aid for college. Supporters have included the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association, the Lilly Endowment, Lumina Foundation and USA Funds.
In June 2015, the National College Access Network (NCAN) assumed full responsibility for College Goal Sunday. With a network of nearly 400 college access and success professionals and organizations, NCAN’s goal is to help more students navigate the path to and through college. NCAN plans to build on the nearly three decades of success of College Goal Sunday to enhance FAFSA completion support to students.